So I just watched the video at Engadget where they're testing out the new dashboard that uses the Kinect motion controls.
The controls looked somewhat clunky and not necessarily intuitive, with big sweeping hand motions that I have a hard time thinking are comfortable to use for such simple controls. Where's the seamless gesture-based interface that we've been expecting?
But then I remembered that this is a 1.0 device. The reason Kinect is so exciting is that it's taking this style of UI out of the realm of science fiction and putting it into living rooms. I think we can expect the gestures we use, the capabilities the device has, and the way we interact with this interface to evolve over time. How soon before we can reach out a hand, grab one of those panels, and drag it across the screen?
I think it's coming. Maybe not this release, or a year from now, but I think that once the Kinect gets a chance to go from "we're just making sure it works" to a point where the system is finely tuned to subtle, natural gestures, we'll have something that is truly revolutionary.
I can't wait.
EDIT: Here's the link
There shouldn't be confusion about how to do what you want. You should be able to just know based on what's presented to you.
we might need to wait quite a while until this works right.....